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24 Hours with Gaspar

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24 Hours with Gaspar

by Sabda Armandio Alif
Translated by Lara Norgaard

Format: Paperback, English
184 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: /9781803092041
Published Apr 01, 2023 by Seagull Books

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A breathtakingly imaginative futuristic crime thriller.

Decades into the future, Indonesia’s crowded capital city is underwater. A mysterious novelist searches what remains of the metropolis for the story of an old, infamous crime. He combs the streets for traces of Gaspar: private-eye-cum-criminal-mastermind who plotted a seemingly simple robbery of a jewelry store. Far from just unlocking riches, however, the heist unearths a series of interlinking conflicts that have haunted Gaspar since childhood.

In this brilliant twist of genres, this book combines noir with a laugh-out-loud detective and touches of surreal science fiction. The book’s eclectic blend of allusions and narrative strategies opens new horizons for literary crime fiction while also painting a fresh, postmodern portrait of Jakarta. In a city webbed by roadways and canals, personal vendettas trace back to political crimes and social ills. First impressions can’t be trusted, meta-literary motorbikes possess free will, and a senile witness might be a police detective’s best bet at finding the true whodunnit–if we are to believe that a single truth exists at all. It is a chess game in which your knight no longer moves in the shape of an L, and Gaspar intends to win.


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For those looking for a bit of fun and to peer into the unfathomable mind of an oddball character, 24 Hours With Gaspar is a speedy and playful read.
Shawn Hoo   in Indonesian novel 24 Hours With Gaspar melds detective fiction and sci-fi (Straits Times, Aug 26, 2023)


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